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#6023381 - 11/11/15 11:33 AM I chose..."poorly"...
cameron00 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/08/09
Posts: 8711
Loc: Texas
Went out this a.m. The bucks are rutting hard in my area, and though I haven't gotten anything but youngsters on my cameras, you just never know in the river bottoms...

Have 2 stands I hunt which are basically at opposite ends of my 76 acres. One is looking into the sun at sunrise, the other at sunset. So I change it up a bit if the wind sucks, but I typically hunt one in the morning and one in the evenings. This morning it was lightly drizzling and overcast, and the typical evening stand backs up to 95 acres of uncut hay that the deer love to bed in. It's also right on about 70 acres of woods right on the river, so I thought, why not? I don't hunt this stand in the morning very often.

Great hunt. Had does coming out of the tall grass all over me. Young bucks pushing them all over the field in front of me. Probably saw 15 deer split pretty evenly between bucks and does. Had a young 9-pt come out about 30 yards from me while I was glassing another buck. He absolutely saw me, but he just did not care. Walked right out and trotted straight towards some younger does out in the field. Mindless.

The only thing that really caught my eye was an old mama doe that was standing about 400 yards down the "cut line" in the tall grass that was acting really weird. None of the bucks were on her, she wasn't eating anything, just kinda coming in and out of the tall grass and when she was out, she'd look back into it. I literally texted a buddy, "I bet her man is back there and they're getting ready to make babies."

About 5 minutes after that text, this wounded crap buck comes out of the tall grass limping badly, but still angling towards some other does. He hobbles out towards my opposite feeder, which is about 500 yards from where I am and I'm watching him when I notice the old mama doe has come a good ways out of the grass. She starts for the feeder as well, and damned sure enough, the single largest framed buck I've seen at this property comes out after her. Main frame 10, I think, couldn't really tell from that distance, but he was massive and his antlers were very heavy and very tall. I'd guess 16-17 wide. That's a monster for my area. His body was also like twice the size of any other buck in the field.

Small problem: There's no way I could just creep down the tall grass to put myself into position to have the wind in my favor and get a 200 yard shot at him. There were a ton of deer in that exact patch of grass, and they'd have busted me. So I walked as fast as I could the 800 yards trying to get into position to brace myself against a tree in the middle of the field. It's not an easy sneak - basically only had 2 ft grass to try to creep through.

I made it to around 40 yards short of where I needed to get and I notice the deer are no longer socially milling around the feeder area. They're all on alert staring my direction. Wind is not in my favor. I'm just hoping they stay scared, but there for another minute or so that I need to get where I'm going.

No such luck. The first blow by one of the 5-6 does in the bunch, and all I see is whitetails bouncing. Oh, and some monstrous antlers teetering back and forth as he bounded towards the creek bottom and tall grass.

Just to put some context on it, my area is a very high pressure area and very, very few bucks make it past 3.5 if they are legal. I am absolutely sick - had I simply chosen the stand I always hunt in the mornings, it'd have been a 120-yard shot for paydirt.

Such is hunting. Hope I see him again.

Oh, and to add insult to injury, my game camera was turned off by someone and had no pictures in the last 3 weeks while the bulk of the pre-rut and rut occurred.

#6023388 - 11/11/15 11:38 AM Re: I chose..."poorly"... [Re: cameron00]
DuckCoach1985 Offline
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Registered: 10/09/13
Posts: 1426
Man, like you said, thats hunting! wouldn't happen any other way! sorry about your experience, but I'll bet you get another shot at him! cheers

#6023390 - 11/11/15 11:38 AM Re: I chose..."poorly"... [Re: cameron00]
MoBettaHuntR Offline

Registered: 10/29/14
Posts: 686
Loc: West is the best...
Keep after it. Don't let it get you down. Don't second guess your stand once you decide on one stay there. You never know where a buck may show up this time of year. If you had been in the other one he may have been on somewhere completely different. Keep the wind in your favor give it a few days and I bet you might get another chance.
-Those who say money can't buy happiness never bought a dog.

#6023487 - 11/11/15 12:23 PM Re: I chose..."poorly"... [Re: cameron00]
Erathkid Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 16400
Loc: Dollas,Taxes Bluff Dale Tx
You'll get him tonight.
Life is too short, as is. Don't chance it.
Don't text and drive.

#6023558 - 11/11/15 12:51 PM Re: I chose..."poorly"... [Re: cameron00]
TravisP Offline

Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 197
Loc: Magnolia
Where are you hunting at?
Hunting in magnolia would be better in a gated community.

#6023559 - 11/11/15 12:51 PM Re: I chose..."poorly"... [Re: cameron00]
yeti2009 Online   content
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/25/09
Posts: 436
Loc: Cen Texas
Good luck!! Stay after him.

#6023575 - 11/11/15 12:56 PM Re: I chose..."poorly"... [Re: cameron00]
BOBO the Clown Offline

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 43445
Loc: Metroplex
Cameron I choose poorly on 6 stalks last year on mule

But I got him eventually on the 7th

#6023581 - 11/11/15 12:59 PM Re: I chose..."poorly"... [Re: cameron00]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
Posts: 27755
Loc: Texas
Dang, that's ruff. Good luck, my grandpa always said be patient and they will come back.
It's hell eatin em live

#6023603 - 11/11/15 01:08 PM Re: I chose..."poorly"... [Re: Erathkid]
cameron00 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/08/09
Posts: 8711
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Erathkid
You'll get him tonight.

Can't go again until tomorrow a.m.

My place is 45 minutes from the house, so I'll swing in before work for the morning hunt.

#6023662 - 11/11/15 01:36 PM Re: I chose..."poorly"... [Re: cameron00]
Western Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 25948
Loc: Wise County Texas
Hunt that doe and he may come in on a string. She may be coming in heat long enough for you to get on him again.
“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic”

Friends don't let Friends drink and post.......

The first 5 day's after the weekend, are the hardest....


#6023760 - 11/11/15 02:27 PM Re: I chose..."poorly"... [Re: cameron00]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 8767
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Back when my uncle hunted with us in the late 80s early 90s, we had 10-12 stands for 4 hunters but everybody pretty much had a favorite. One night I decided I wanted to hunt his favorite the next morning. It wasn't an argument, but he was less than amused. I killed a 5.5 yr old 18 1/2" 8 point bruiser that morning and then he was even less amused.

Fast forward 4 years, and he and I again butted heads on a stand and he won this time. Killed a 6.5 yr old main frame 11 pt with two kickers, still the biggest deer ever killed at our place 20+ years later.

It's hunting!

#6023870 - 11/11/15 03:37 PM Re: I chose..."poorly"... [Re: cameron00]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52536
One thing about it, you tried. You can't kill him if you don't try to get closer. You have the does and he will be there for a while. up

#6024002 - 11/11/15 04:38 PM Re: I chose..."poorly"... [Re: cameron00]
wtr Offline

Registered: 09/25/12
Posts: 595
Loc: WestCOMMATexas hunt Comanche
That's why they call it hunting not killing. Good luck in the morning!!

#6025054 - 11/12/15 08:24 AM Re: I chose..."poorly"... [Re: cameron00]
jshouse Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 6358
Loc: Rockwall
Originally Posted By: cameron00
If I send my neighbors a text and ask them to give me feedback on my lawn and plant rye into a giant dong pattern, I'm probably going to get some less than positive feedback. Same goes here.

#6025355 - 11/12/15 10:16 AM Re: I chose..."poorly"... [Re: cameron00]
TxDispatcher Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 11/11/11
Posts: 2434
Loc: Bellville, Tx
Hate that you didn't get him, cameron...hopefully he'll be back in the morning up

I'm not seeing any mature bucks this year. I have a lot of nice youngun's running around, but the big boys from last year aren't here. I'm assuming that everyone around here had good years last year grin maybe one will slip in before long
Originally Posted By: East...
Originally Posted By: East...
I will get off in a little bit

You shouldnt have said that

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